ZEISS Photography Award 2017

€12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses in addition to €3,000 travel expenses


The World Photography Organisation and ZEISS are pleased to launch the second edition of the ZEISS Photography Award ‘Seeing Beyond’, with the theme “Meaningful places”. The competition was established by ZEISS to challenge photographers worldwide.

The award is free to enter and will be judged by the following industry experts:

Jürgen Schadeberg Dr.(h.c.)​ - Photographer

Claire Richardson - Picture Editor, Lonely Planet Traveller

Sarah Toplis - Commissioning Executive, ‎The Space


One winning photographer will be awarded €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses in addition to €3,000 travel expenses to complete a photography project of their choice in the location of their choice. This could be your dream photographic trip to document the landscapes and environment of a certain place or highlight a social issue that is close to your heart and you believe needs highlighting.

Images produced during this trip will be showcased across all World Photography Organisation platforms and social channels, giving unparalleled exposure to an engaged and enthusiastic photography audience. The overall winner will be interviewed by the World Photography Organisation editorial team and featured as the lead image on the homepage after the announcement. Runners-ups will also have a chance to showcase their work on the blog.

In addition, the winning series, plus selected entries, will be will be exhibited at Somerset House, London from April 21 - May 7, 2017 during the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.

The ZEISS Photography Award ‘Seeing Beyond’ was created in response to both World Photography Organisation and ZEISS' commitment to provide further opportunities for photographers.


The competition is open to artists from all around the world.

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